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on December 28, 2013
OK, so it is a simple plastic "cold shoe"....... didn't we all know that when we bought this item? It works fine for me but I do not use them in "high stress" situations either. No, modern speedlights, with their proprietary spring-loaded locking pins will not lock on to this cold shoe. My SB-900 series speedlights slide into the cold shoe rather snugly; were the shoe any tighter, the speedlight would not fit. As many have mentioned, drilling (or melting with a wire) a small hole for the lock pin will solve that problem. I use PocketWizards however and they have knobs that tighten down (and release the pin) onto a shoe. Provided I snug down the knob on my FlexTT5s, I have not had them move on me.

Enough about what is or is not bad about them. They are small and allow me to quickly add light (especially background fill) from any light stand with minimal fuss. I am probably the only weird one about this but I do not like the contacts from my speedlights/x-ceivers on a metal surface. I feel it causes unneeded wear on the contacts and it makes me a bit uncomfortable, from an electrical point-of-view (not so much worried about an electrical short hitting the lightstand, I just don't like the communication contacts shorted-out to each other even if they are supposedly not in use). Using these plastic cold shoes provide me with that little bit extra peace of mind.

Oh, for the folks who have concerns about their larger speedlights slipping out of the shoe, I have a suggestion which might work for you......... Given the range of motion available on these speedlight units, if gravity is pulling the speedlight out of the shoe, why not just rotate the cold shoe over 180 degrees and then rotate the speedlight head to compensate? While I could envision a challenge with some units, in some setups, if you are using IR triggering, you have those very same challenges already. Maybe thinking "backwards" could be your solution!
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on March 6, 2012
The Manfrotto 143S Magic Arm Flash Shoe is a plastic adapter that can be used to attach a speedlite flash to a light stand. On top is a slot not unlike the hot shoe on a camera into which you insert a speedlite flash. On bottom is a screw that fits into the light stand, with a knurled wheel that tightens the whole assembly to the light stand. It all works pretty well, except that it is a little difficult to turn the knurled wheel tight enough. I resorted to turning the entire flash and adapter to get it tight enough, only to have the flash pointing in the wrong direction. I think it would have been better if the knurled wheel had been a little larger in diameter so that you can get a better grip on it, which would probably solve the problem.

Another problem that others have noted is that newer flashes such as Canon's 580EX II have a pin in the foot of the flash that normally fits into a slot in the camera's hot shoe when the flash is locked. The Manfrotto adapter does not have the corresponding slot, making it impossible to lock the flash into the adapter. A work around is to drill your own hole into the adapter to avoid the flash potentially sliding out and falling to the ground.
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on March 30, 2013
Although it looks like metal it is plastic and I have used mine about 20 times and the plastic sleeves that the flash mounts into just broke off, poorly made for an expensive price.
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on September 3, 2013
I bought this to attach to my flash to my umbrella adapter and it Kind Of does the job. Here are the reasons why I gave it a 3 stars rating.

1. It is made of plastic, not metal. In my opinion it's a lot of money for being made of plastic, it would be worth it if it were made of metal. I don't know how long it will last, but I'm pretty sure that if it were made of metal it would last longer.
2. I will have to drill a small hole for my Canon flash to lock properly. I won't use it as it comes from the factory because there is a chance that your flash might fall.I think that Manfrotto should update it so that it can work with toda's Canon Flashes.
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These are exactly what I was looking for and they work great.

My only fear is that there is no hole for the shoe lock to slide into... I haven't had my flashes slide out of it yet but I've been very careful not to position them in a way where they could so I don't know if they will.
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on September 16, 2011
I have five of these and use Nikon SB-900's on these flash shoes. They are not drilled for the locking mechanism that the Nikon flash uses to secure the flash to the camera body. At first I let one flash fall to the ground while carrying it in one of these shoes. A quick trip to my machine shop had the proper hole drilled. They now work great. I assume that they are not drilled since other brands of flash use them too. Just be aware that a flash is not secure in these until you modify them to allow the flash to be locked in place.
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on October 20, 2012
I have this screwed in to the top of my umbrella stand Manfrotto 5001B 74-Inch Nano Stand Replaces Manfrotto 001B - Black using the swivel mount Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter. Works good for quickly sliding in my Metz 58 AF-2 MZ 58324N Digital Flash for Nikon Cameras and I don't even have to secure or lock the shoe. Does what it should.
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on May 29, 2013
Item is ok but Manfrotto needs to re-design this so the Canon 580EX II flash unit will lock onto it! I filed the sides down like the Canon flash stand is shaped so that the flash would lock onto it. It works great now that I did that but have since ordered the Strobframe Accessory Shoe CAT No 300-405 to replace this with! For a few dollars more, the Strobframe units are a great item to have since the flash fits effortlessly onto it & locks down!
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on November 2, 2012
Although this product is small it is made of low quality in my opinion. Not something I would expect from Manfrotto
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on October 21, 2012
Using these (3 of them) to work with portable light stands and my 600EX Canon RT flashed and the E3 controller to give me great strobe capability outside of my studio. I also have Elinchrom A heads and Ranger RX battery for heavier work but I put together a super portable capability complete with Flashbenders, Rogue Grids, and Lastolite softbox to provide complete lighting capability.

These little items are a crucial piece of the action.
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